What Are Some of the Most Frustrating Movie Cliches?

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I could spend days talking about annoying movie cliches that drive me crazy when I see them rear their ugly head in a film. Some are so mind-numbing they can take us out of a scene or movie but there are some that are simply unavoidable and I get it. Does make them any less annoying, however. There are many that have become so commonplace that people actually believe or been trained into thinking this is how the real world works. Every genre has them and every genre has ones that are tailored to their particular patterns. Horror and the car or cell phone not working all of sudden along with the numerous other examples. Rom-coms with their ugly duckling makeovers, over-the-top romantic gestures, hatred turning into love. In sci-fi, there is always a “chosen one” or always having a deep humming in space. And on and on and on.

So the question I ask today is: What are some of the most frustrating movie cliches?


Like I said earlier, there are cliches that can ruin a movie and there are some we just have to live with so I want to know the ones you just can’t get past when you see them pop up in a film. For me, it has to be the bad guy monologuing before just killing someone especially the badass good guy that is just going to kill you later one in the movie! I love, I mean love John Wick but the scene in the church where they have him handcuffed to chair with bad guys around him knowing how much of threat he is, just kills me. Simply put a bullet in his head without the back and forth because you were going to kill him no matter the outcome of the conversation. Why talk it out and why strangle him?! Just kill him! Cut his throat or simply plug him in the head. Boom, you and your son are still alive to run your evil organization. I hate this cliche so much along with the Storm Trooper curse of henchmen being the worst shots imaginable but I don’t want to keep stealing all the good ones. I want to hear from you guys.


So what about you, folks? What are some of the most frustrating movie cliches?

I’ll see you in the trenches.

Author: Vincent Kane

I hate things.